Getting To Know The German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix
So, you’re scrolling through page upon page figuring out if you should get a German Shepherd Rottweiler mix. You know a little about the two breeds, but what about a combination of both?How will the breeds mix? What will the temperament of the dog be? Is it a good idea? Or a bad one?
Many people may gasp at the idea of a German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix. Just like the Pit Bull Terrier, Rottweilers have been seen negatively by the public. But this is why the facts will help you in making your decision.
Knowing the Lineage
There are many opinions out there about each breed. The German Shepherds are often seen as aggressive due to the work they do with the police and the military. But this is mainly in response to the work that they do. They are meant to be seen as aggressive to their adversaries so don’t let that information get you down.
Rottweilers get a bad rap as well. They are often used as guard dogs and so their job as well shows them as aggressive. In an article by Caitlin Riffee, she states they are “bred to be dependable working… animals.” From personal experience, I have worked with this breed, and I have enjoyed each dog from this lineage.
Both breeds are considered highly intelligent: the German Shepherd being versatile in training for whatever job is set out for them and the Rottweiler being a loyal working dog. They learn quickly, but make sure you stay consistent with them. Structure is key to obedience.
What to Expect?
Now that you are updated on the lineage, here’s what to expect. Both breeds are quite large so expect a medium to large sized dog with many variations. German Shepherds range from 50 to 90 pounds while Rottweilers range from 77 to 130 pounds.
Rottweilers are short haired while the German Shepherd can be both. In this case, you can get a wide arrangement of hair length and color. They will only need to be groomed occasionally.
Both breeds, although intelligent and quick learners, do have a lot of energy. They will need to participate in exercise and training daily. Do not expect them to just lie around the house like a Basset Hound. They will drive you mad if you do not provide them an outlet for their energy.
What if you have children? This is a common question for getting a dog. There will always be concerns with a new addition to the family. Whether it is with children or other animals, these dogs may need to be supervised. They are large and sometimes do not realize their own strength.
With any animal, in this case a dog, there will be issues that arise. Most people looking at these significant breeds will be getting a puppy. Whether you get a puppy mix or add an adult to your family, size can be a problem.
Allergies can be a problem. With the addition of hair and dandruff from an animal, your allergies might cause a little more issues than before, and cause a little more clean up. As long as you are up for the reality of your responsibility, you will be fine.
German Shepherds and Rottweilers are not small dogs, in fact, they are considered a large breed.This means if you have a small apartment or a small house, it can get a little crowded. But don’t be discouraged.
As I said before, they will be full of energy. Being a large breed and being energetic can cause a little chaos. They are not mellow like the Great Pyrenees or the Bulldog. They will need a place to let out that energy: like a walk or a dog park.
They may not know their own strength. They are large and sometimes do not know how powerful they can be. When introducing your puppy to a new dog, your dog may not know howto interact. This can be easily fixed with early introduction and socialization to other animals.
This is the same for children. Supervision may be necessary until you have decided your dog responds to your child well or vice versa. Obedience training will also assist you by providing control over your puppy. This also calms your new family member.
Now that I have explained in detail the problems that may arise, here are some of the wonderful benefits of having a pet.
Owning a dog, especially a German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix will allow you to be more active.This means, more exercise and a healthier lifestyle. Those walks are important.
There has also been speculation that having a pet around children will boost their immune systems. This means less sick days for you child.
Emotionally, your puppy will boost your Oxytocin. This chemical is considered the “feel good”hormone, and so it makes for a better day. Plus, who doesn’t want to cuddle with something that loves you unconditionally.
Last but not least, these two words: love and companionship. Your puppy will love you no matter what. It is always a wonderful feeling to come home and be greeted by that energetic ball of fluff that forgets you yelled at it yesterday for jumping on the bed.
So now you have been presented with some of the facts. With any type of pet there comes great responsibility. There are costs and appointments to think about. What are you willing to give up to integrate this new puppy into your family?
A puppy takes a lot of time and patience. You will need to train it and maintain boundaries.You will need to spend time with the puppy. If you cannot do this, the dog may become disobedient and unpredictable.
I hope this has helped you in your decision. Please comment below if you have any questions or need clarification.